July 3, 2012 Dear freshman Representatives: When you were elected in 2010, your constituents signaled that they

were sick and tired of the reckless tax-and-spend policies of your predecessors. You campaigned on the noble message of shrinking government, cutting taxes, and reducing the national debt. The Farm Bill is your chance to do this. By taking a step back to consider serious reforms to this bloated bill, you can put your campaign promises into action. On behalf of more than two million Americans for Prosperity activists in all 50 states, I am writing to say that AFP stands strongly opposed to the 2012 Farm Bill, and I encourage you to consider substantive changes to this legislation. Lawmakers say in their stump speeches that they want to rein in spending, but they often fail to deliver on this promise when they get to Washington. The Senate’s recent failure to make any meaningful cuts to the bloated Farm Bill (S. 3240) is a prime case in point. The Senate-passed version remains a bloated welfare bill. Eighty percent of it goes toward food stamp programs, and the rest is corporate welfare for the agribusiness industry. U.S. agriculture policy needs serious change. Farmers have long-enjoyed benefits like unlimited insurance subsidies, direct payments, price supports, import quotas, grants, and loan guarantees at the expense of the taxpayer. The 2002 Farm Bill was so chock-full of handouts to special interests; it was jokingly derided as the "Freedom to Farm Taxpayers Act.” Ten years later, the bill is no different. The Senate-passed version of the 2012 Farm Bill cements the welfare policies of the past by creating a brand-new “shallow loss” program, in which the federal government will literally guarantee farmers’ revenues. When the House takes up the farm bill later this month, I encourage you remember your campaign promises of fiscal responsibility and limiting government. Give this trillion-dollar Farm Bill the scrutiny it needs. If you don’t, we’ll have to wait another five years before Congress gets another chance to change this barnyard boondoggle for the better. Sincerely,

James Valvo
Director of Policy, Americans for Prosperity
Americans for Prosperity® (AFP) is a nationwide organization of citizen leaders committed to advancing every individual's right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFP believes reducing the size and scope of government is the best safeguard to ensuring individual productivity and prosperity for all Americans. AFP educates and engages citizens in support of restraining state and federal government growth and returning government to its constitutional limits. AFP has more than 2 million members, including members in all 50 states, and 36 state chapters and affiliates. More than 90,000 Americans in all 50 states have made a financial investment in AFP or AFP Foundation. For more information, visit www.americansforprosperity.org. Americans for Prosperity does not support or oppose candidates for public office. ###

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